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-qaeda affiliate. the intelligence community was said to have made the edit. michael morrell told senators the fbi was responsible. then later, cia officials contacted the senators and said the acting director misspoke, and it was actually the cia that changed the talking points. as we said last night, it is a bit of a mess and a real headache for president obama who defended susan rice today but did not mention libya. >> all right, guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. >> mr. president, can you care to -- >> thank you so much, guys. >> can you tell us about that? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done. >> here to talk about it, the former cia officer, he is a senior fellow at the defense of democracies, also joining us, national security contributor, fran townsend, president bush's homeland security adviser. currently sits on the advisory committee. fran, you have been at a white house when a nominee or potential nominee has been in trouble. you know what a high stakes meeting this was, yesterday, between ambassador rice and three of her toughest
said the fbi was responsible and then the cia contacted senators and said the acting director misspoke and it was actually the cia who changed the talking points. we said last night, it's a bit of a mess and a real change for president obama who defended susan rice today, but did not mention libya. >> guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. thank you so much, guys. >> any talk on that at all? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she has done for the u.s.. >> here to talk about it the former cia officer raul gerecht and also joining us, fran townsend. she was president gorge w. bush's homeland security adviser, serves on the cia's external advisory committee. fran, have you been at the white house when a potential nominee is in trouble with a member of congress. you know what a high-spakes meeting this was. a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like this, and that makes it more surprising to me, and i'm sure to you, that the acting cia director, michael morrell would stumble so badly. first, saying the fbi, changed those public talking points and havin
to the security to, you know, the fbi -- i mean, this whole thing really should not be where it is today, and i do think that part of it is she's gotten caught up in some of the other things that -- although i have concerns and you have heard my concerns. i do feel like -- >> let's narrow them down, senator. you're concerned she said it was a spontaneous uprising by, as we've seen, in karachi and in cairo on that day. it was just part of the general outrage against the video that came out of los angeles and you say it definitely wasn't and the people at the time knew it wasn't. >> chris, i don't even want to get -- it's actually beyond that. i like susan rice. she knows i like her. we've had a warm relationship. i think that she strikes me sometimes as more of a political operative than somebody who is -- you know, the secretary of state we hold to a very different standard. we do that with the secretary of treasury. sometimes the secretary of defense. they're sort of first among equals of other cabinet members, and i think that most of us want to see a degree of independence. i want you to know i
.i.a. or the fbi, one or the other deleted any reference to possible terrorist activity at the time because they didn't want to trigger or let people know that's what they were looking into but again she's not the one that wrote the talking points or edited the talking points. she also said at the time look, these may not prove to be true down the road but this is what we've got so far. >> that's right. my impression of this is yours which is that she read from prepared talking points and delivered messages that had been vetted and developed by the intelligence community in what was a chaotic and rapidly developing situation. it became clear fairly quickly that the attack on the benghazi consulate was a premeditated effort by terrorists. the president used the word terrorist actions the next day. and this isn't something -- this isn't iran-contra. this wasn't concealed for six months or a year. there wasn't complete disavow of any knowledge. this was the intelligence community saying we shouldn't be out there publicly in the fi
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